Boston Bruins vs Chicago Blackhawks Prediction, 3/14/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Boston Bruins vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-350) Blackhawks (+275)
The Chicago Blackhawks (22-38-6) will take on the Boston Bruins (50-10-5) at United Center on Tuesday. The odds on this game have Boston at -350 and Chicago is sitting at +275. The total has been set at 6.
The Boston Bruins were on the losing side of the ice with a 5-3 loss against the Red Wings in their last outing. The Bruins had a middle of the road showing in this loss. For the game, they scored on 3 of the 33 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 3 power play attempts but didn't get a goal. Boston accounted for 12 penalty mins in this matchup.
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Boston Bruins opponents have tallied 215 power play tries (9th in professional hockey) and have earned 31 goals in those chances. The Bruins thus far have had 1,918 shots tried against them and have earned a save percentage of .928. Boston has tried 2,141 shots and holds a shot percentage of 11.4%. While playing at even strength, the Bruins have surrendered 108 goals while having 193 on the offensive side of the ice. Boston skates onto the rink with 220 power play chances and they have tallied 50 goals out of those tries, garnering them a percentage of 22.73%. For the current campaign, they have tallied 105 points and their points percentage comes in at .808. Regarding their goal scoring prowess, the Boston Bruins have accumulated 243 goals (2nd in the National Hockey League) for the year and have allowed 139.
Protecting the goal for this matchup will be Linus Ullmark. Ullmark has been in goal for 198 games during his hockey career. He has amassed a mark of 109-61-16 and got the start in 190 games. The opposition has notched 478 goals versus Ullmark in his pro career and his goals against average per game is 2.53. Ullmark has had 5,858 shots against him and he has 5,380 saves. His save percentage currently is .918 in his 11,356 mins between the pipes. In his career, Ullmark has earned 118 quality starts and his quality starts percentage sits at .621.
Their last time out, Chicago played the Lightning in an outing where the Blackhawks took a loss by a final of 3-1. The Blackhawks tallied 1 goal out of the 23 shots on goal they attempted. They had 2 power play chances in this one but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal.
The Blackhawks have earned 131 goals at even strength and 32 goals (28th in professional hockey) while on the power play. Chicago has put up 1,757 shots (31st in pro hockey) and has earned a shooting percentage of 9.28%, while allowing the opposition 2,247 shots. So far this season, the Chicago Blackhawks have a total of 163 goals, 50 points, in addition to a points percentage of .379. They have permitted 234 goals to be scored by way of 188 goals at even strength and 46 goals while they had less men on the ice. They have a total of 194 power play chances and they have accumulated a power play rate of 16.49%. They have accumulated a penalty kill rate of 76.17% on their opponents 193 power play opportunities, and their save percentage comes in at 89.6%.
For the opposition you are expected to see Petr Mrazek in net. The opposition is averaging 2.75 goals/game and he has yielded 839 goals overall. Mrazek's quality start rate sits at 50.7% and he has made 152 quality starting assignments in his pro hockey career. He has started in 300 games and has played for a total of 18,327 mins. Mrazek has earned a career mark of 148-121-34 and has participated in 327 games. He has tallied 8,225 stops out of the 9,064 shots attempted, which gives him a rate of .907.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take Boston (-350)
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